Turfgrass research

An old mower to the rescue

By Gary Deters

Like most turfgrass areas, a high percentage of our research plots need to be mowed consistently. Our creeping bentgrass research golf greens are cut at 0.125” and the task requires a special mower and reel setup. Many plots are cut at 2.5” to 3.5” with a push or riding mower, similar to what is used by a typical homeowner. So, with all the research plots and mowers we have, you might think we have everything we need to get the job done. In most cases that is true, but for a new trial conducted by members of the turf group, we had a bit of a problem.

Tue, 12/07/2021 - 09:24

Raspberry Pi projects to facilitate research

By Joan M. Barreto Ortiz

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 13:49

Observing growth

By Gary Deters

As turfgrass managers we have a responsibility to observe the growth of the many varieties, cultivars, and species of turfgrass from seed to maturity. Pretty obvious, right? Observing growth is more than just looking at the turf with our own eyes from day to day. I have mentioned in a previous blog post about the importance of before and after photos and while they can be a great resource (Figure 1), there are more ways to see the progress of growth.

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 07:02

Sometimes you have to be creative

By Andrew Hollman

When people hear that I work with turfgrass, inevitably the question comes up of “what do you do all winter?” The assumption from some people is that when the weather turns cold and you no longer need to mow your lawn, what else is there to be done? If you are involved with the turf industry, you likely know that there is a myriad of things that need to be done after mowing has stopped and before the ground freezes and the snow arrives. Irrigation needs to be blown out, snow mold fungicides sprayed, and covering greens are a few that come to mind for the golf courses.

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 20:57

How big is our tree?

By Gary Deters

Raise your hand if you thought this was going to be an article about the latest University of Minnesota variety or cultivar of tree. What I am referring to is the tree of learning that extends from the educators and researchers at our university.

When I had my in-person interview with the turfgrass research team, I had the opportunity to walk the hallways of Alderman Hall for the first time in twenty years since I was a turf student. It brought back some great memories of Dr. Don White and my horticulture classmates. Dr. White was a fantastic turfgrass professor, but better yet, he was a very kind and caring person.  

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 13:16

New to our website - more content on turfgrass seed production

Did you know that the University of Minnesota conducts research on turfgrass seed production in northern Minnesota? If you are interested in learning more, our website now has information on Seed Production Research at Magnusson Research Farm. We have annual progress reports, which contain results of turfgrass seed production research such as variety trials, winter hardiness trials and other research involving fertility and herbicides.

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 10:34

Winter turfgrass protection

By Andrew Hollman

For some people, winter and snow cover might be a welcome relief from maintaining a yard and lawn.

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 12:59

Before and after

By Gary Deters

When I was a golf course superintendent, I frequently used before and after photos to show progress.  The key, of course, was to remember to take the “before” photo.  I can remember many times wishing I had a particular photo because either I couldn't remember how something looked, or knew that we made progress but wasn't sure how much.  With the smartphone, it has become significantly easier to get that important first photo.  It is nice to be able to look back at my gallery and realize I have a good shot of an area, now I just need the "after" shot.

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 09:57

Thank you to our funders!

By Eric Watkins

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 15:38